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kathieb
12/16/2017 13:05 EST

I'm retired and plan to move to Costa Rica from Oregon. How do I find a good moving company and what's the average cost to ship my belongings?

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Kohl
12/16/2017 14:46 EST

Kathieb, I would 'suggest' if you haven't already visited the country, that you do so, prior to selling and packing up your belongings.

For one thing, many of the homes are small and your household goods may not fit thru' doorways, Or the appliances are too big for a kitchen, etc.

The final cost on shipping will depend on how much you ship, where it will be loaded and where it will eventually be delivered...plus what duties will be due.

You may want to contact a shipper, and one I suggest is Charles Zeller at http://www.solutionscostarica.com/relocating/

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SusieCR
1/20/2018 10:11 EST

I keep seeing Charlie Zeller as a good option for shipping. I have emailed him 2 times with no response, called him and he agreed to email form about items to ship which has yet to happen after about 2 weeks. What is typical response time for him?
Thanks
Susie

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Kohl
1/20/2018 12:15 EST

I would say that this is unusual for him not to respond.
He could be out of the country, but with the internet, that isn't really a good excuse.

I have heard that Arden, with www.shippingcr.com is very good to deal with, but I haven't actually used their services.

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Roseanna
1/20/2018 13:14 EST

In Costa Rica... it is when ever they get around to it... I am still waiting for the attorney who made a mistake on some papers that went to the National Registry to fix them... Numerous phone calls and emails for the last 4 weeks and we still wait

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lindyluvsCR
1/20/2018 16:18 EST

Kathieb - Unless you are 110% sure, without a bit of doubt you want to retire in CR and be here for the rest of your life, I suggest you don't ship anything. I have heard of some people having success, but majority have things missing, broken, etc. and a hassle to retrieve and perhaps large impuestos.

I know of too many people who have spent $20,000-30,000 to ship stuff, and then in a few years return the whole mess. And I to put it this way, but just went to a 'wake' yesterday and other in the past. A family member who had no passport had to get an emergency one and come here, not speaking Spanish, to pick up relatives personal stuff.

To me, every house has it's own ambiance, and what looks good in Oregon may look weird here. We brought some favorite things here in 5 large suitcases. A lot of the furniture is a little weird here, but it becomes an adventurous scavenger hunt to find what you like, and something new is always popping up in the store. I liked what we had in Florida, but would not consider shipping here.

But we are all different. But to me, kitchen stuff is generally not made well here, and if you like cotton sheets and bedding and fluffy towels, bring a bunch, because hard to get here. Whittle down your sentimental pictures and make CR a wonderful new adventure.

Just my opinion to take with a grain of salt, and not worth a hill of beans to anyone but me.

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PEBBS
1/20/2018 18:43 EST

I agree with Lindy entirely EXCEPT bothering to bring heavy fluffy towels and bedding..Maybe pur cotton sheets are scarce , BUT there are upscale stores near me I will remember the names if needed (I bought mine MANY years ago,,,and still in good shape as I bought a lot so alternate mucho... Yes certain things some people Think they cannot buy YES they can if yu . know where INCLUDING Kitchen ware,As an ex restaurant owner /Chef, 20 years ago I bought EXCELLENT cookware from TIPPS Restaurant supply in San Jose,I STILL hear people here saying things like that cannot be bought ..NOT SO,,,YES you pay a little more BUT probably less than excess luggage and NEVER EVER would I ship anything in boxes .I warned a tenant of mine never to do so..and she did .Thank God I knew the boss in Customs who was about to charge her $170 per BOX (of used clothes she intended to give to the poor)
Costa Rica is NOT that poor that they need our used clothes Unless due to a tragedy such as earthquake in Nica etc..
JUST a word of advice NEVER ship in boxes etc..I have friends send me Small gifts in Bubble envelopes which slip in as mail..but never in boxes especially Large boxes. Some think it is worth it to get a Full Container for 2 or $3000 last I heard .BUT I think it is crazy when we had a Great garage sale..and packed up 14 roly poly long bags PLUS a Large Rubbermaid trash bin.. for the then Mandatory (for my ex husband) Desk computer and laptops etc as he was a software developer and needed such..A long funny story which some of you know how we dragged it through customs at the airport. Anyway with Sarchi (not cheap) and a few hand made by excellent carpenters it was GREAT to start all over furnishing a 2 story large house which I expanded on slowly., and since I am a passionate "Decorator" I had a blast and left EVERYTHING in the USa ...sold to friends pennies on the dollar ..and Here we came ! So Leave it all.It is only "STUFF" and is anyone has ec=veer heard the LP yes LP by the comedian ? regarding STUFF it is true it just traps people ...So we gave the rest to the poor Mexican families in the Ghetto there and felt GOOD about it.I say LEAVE IT ALL BEHIND.....just saying :)

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SusieCR
1/20/2018 19:27 EST

Thank you for the feedback. We called and actually spoke to him (after no response to the 2 emails) almost 2 weeks ago but no follow through. Wondered if he is just really busy so slow to get back to people.
Thank you for the other option. I am not finding reviews to assist in this decision making process.
Susie

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lindyluvsCR
1/21/2018 09:13 EST

Yep Pebbs, leave it behind. I sold for cheap but it was a big blessing to them. Dishes etc galore from grandparents. And nowadays not worth anything in antique shops.

And yes, I can go to Escazu for towels and sheets at a place I know, can't remember name, and cheaper than plane ticket. But when I did go to Florida, got reasonable cotton towels. The reason so important for me is those other materials in sheets etc make me itch like a crazy person and get a rash with welts. Allergic I guess. Same with clothes. Hard to find in cotton.

Susie, it will save you a big headache if you can leave the stuff behind. We all have some things we bring - but if you make a list on paper and really look at them, keep whittling away. Highlite what you think is really important, and then look at the new list in a few days, and you may find one day it does not mean a hill of beans.

I shuffled through an attic full of pictures from my grandparents and parents. Duplicates went to my sister. The rest in the trash. Pics of people I never met, and never will. All their wedding pictures. Have no desire to stare at that or the vacations my parents took etc etc.

Take only what you love deeply. If I had to do it over again, we may have brought another suitcase. My only regret was a little dog that did go to a family that I am sure spoils him rotten. I was not sure if we would have a problem, as the first place we were going to live had 5 dogs! And he always got sick in the car, and knew he probably would in the plane. Had to do it over again, he would be here. My only regret.

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PombinhaCoco7
1/21/2018 20:30 EST

When we sold our house in Canada we gave everything away (townhouse 3 floors+basement) including a new bedroom set furniture.
We had beautiful iron garden tables and iron benches and lamp waterfalls.
My kitchen aid that's what I wanted the most and we brought it in our luggage as well as a bunch of other kitchen stuff. It took several trips to bring what I really wanted to have here (cute baskets for my kitchen island, my good pots and slower cooker) No furniture though.

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Neesy
2/26/2019 15:57 EST

Kathieb, it has been about a year since you posted about moving to Costa Rica and shipping your household items. How was your move? Did you find a reputable shipping agent?

I plan to move to Costa Rica in September to join my family, and just like you, I am searching for a good agent and/ or customs broker.

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Sydney841
8/2/2019 01:17 EST

Hi, Susie!

Although I decided to go the "bring everything you really need in a few suitcases" route, I was VERY impressed with Arden from the web site mentioned in another post. He truly seems to go WAY above and beyond and has excellent, prompt follow-up. I heard about him on a forum and it was said that several people in that area had used him, too. Apparently, they were all very happy dealing with that company which is why I contacted them.

By the way, I haven't moved yet but still knew about Arden. I just can't afford shipping through ANY company which is really fine. I'm looking forward to a new life. shopping for new belongings, new friends, and a new start.

Just my two cents for what it's worth. ;)

Cindy

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Sydney841
8/2/2019 01:48 EST

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The way you describe the sifting of belongings is PERFECT! You are "right on' about the whittling process... the list just keeps getting shorter.

I can totally relate to anyone who might be reading this post that is having difficulty letting go of things. It is a gradual change of heart...for some, it may not happen quickly. Things that I really, really wanted to bring several months ago I am totally fine about getting rid of now. But don't let anyone rush you. My daughter couldn't understand why I was keeping certain things at first (because they seemed like junk to her). But no one knows what certain things mean to YOU but YOU. Give yourself time to let go slowly (if you need to). Maybe you have a piece of furniture that was the very first thing you proudly bought for your first apartment, or, maybe you have fond memories of mom reading to you in a certain recliner when you were young. You will slowly be able to separate the memory (to hold on to it) from the 'thing'. (Sometimes just taking a picture of it can help.) BTW...I am now bringing NO furniture and fine with it.

You can do it!

Cindy

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acastillo
8/29/2019 06:42 EST

I had a very similar experience with Mr. Zeller and several other costa rica based shipping companies. After the initial contact zero follow through despite several emails/phone calls asking "wheres my quote". I think its the shipping equivalent of a shade tree mechanic. They are only interested in easy money and if anything seems out of the ordinary and like there might be real work involved they just disappear.

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